Marching band sweeps Flight I awards at Lakeshore Invitational

The Rockford High School marching band showcases their 2011 program for the upcoming freshmen and their parents. Photo by ANNA-MARIE WILDERS BOTHMA

It was a busy week for the Rockford High School (RHS) marching band. On Monday, Oct. 24, the band showcased their 2011 program for the eighth-grade band students and their parents, filling the auditorium at RHS with awesome sound and music. This is an annual event to promote participation in the marching band to upcoming freshmen.

On Friday, Oct. 28, the band brought the crowd to its feet at halftime during the winning playoff game between Rockford and West Ottawa.

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the RHS marching band competed in the Lakeshore Invitational hosted by Reeths-Puffer High School on the RHS field. Rockford took first place in Flight I with a final score of 85.22 and received all three caption awards in Flight I, including Best Music, Best Marching and Best Visual Effect.

The band will travel to Ford Field to compete in the Michigan Competing Bands Association (MCBA) state finals on November 5. The following week, the band will travel to Indianapolis to compete in the Bands of America (BOA) Grand National Championships.

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